Authorship Guidelines for Graduate Programs

Authorship guidelines pertain to research projects on which faculty, or faculty and students may collaborate. This research is outside of required coursework and is intended to be published or disseminated in some way. Individuals who make a contribution through such activities as editing, proofreading, writing assistance, or supervision can be acknowledged, but not included as authors. Students are sole authors for student projects, dissertations, theses, or other coursework.

The guidelines below describe criteria for authorship status. All four criteria must be met to be an author on a research project.

Substantial contributions to the conception, planning, or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
Final approval of the version to be published; AND
Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

(Guidelines modified from International Committee of Medical Journal Editors